Wetpaint Entertainment: What was your reaction to being eliminated second?
Mariah: It was kind of a shocker to me, it was something that I hadn’t expected whatsoever. I didn’t think that my picture was nearly as bad as a couple of the other girls and I didn’t think it was my time to leave. But I guess that’s just something that you kind of have to accept.
Is there anyone in particular who you think should have gone home instead of you?
I wouldn’t point out the girls, I don’t think I can point out the girls exactly, I just know there was definitely quite a few other choices that could have gone home. Also, some things that had happened at the house, and some of the girls who had not really wanted it in their heart to be America’s Next Top Model. I think it was unfair to the girls who at heart really did want it.
Who did you not get along with?
I didn’t take to Sophie [Sumner] very well, honestly, at all. Me and Sophie didn’t really click too well. I wasn’t a fan of Sophie’s or Laura’s, honestly. Me and Laura didn’t click too well either. Of course they don’t show everything that goes on and the night before elimination [on Cycle 18, Episode 2: “Kris Jenner”], quite a couple of the girls were drinking the night before. The day of our elimination I noticed Sophie was really sick. She was sick and stuff on the day that I happened to get eliminated. I was a little sour on that. Why would you want to eliminate someone who you know has such a passion for creating change and empowering young women and stuff? I was one of the top three tallest girls in the entire competition. I’ve been signed with Wilhelmina Models since I was 16, been modeling since age 15, I felt like there were girls who weren’t in a position to be as great of a role model to others.
What was going on that night?
On the next day you don’t basically go hungover to the elimination. There’s quite a few of the girls on the show who couldn’t kick the habit of smoking. I was trying to go to bed the night before, but they were popping a couple of bottles in the British room, the party was going down.
Moving on, being Native American is very important to you.
Being the first Native American female [on ANTM] is so important to me. A lot of people who have supported me and said nothing but words of encouragement and congrats on being the first Native. A lot of them also felt it wasn’t my time to go. A lot of my fans and I guess I would say my Native people were pretty upset and said they weren’t going to watch the show anymore.
Do you think there will be a Native American supermodel in your lifetime?
That’s been my mission since age 15 and that’s what I’m working at. I feel as if I’m kind of in the forefront right now, and going places in the entertainment industry that Native Americans just haven’t gone before. That’s my Number 1 goal right now. Something that they also didn’t show was towards the end of the show after I’d gotten eliminated I was walking away and Miss Tyra Banks herself stopped me and said “Mariah, you can be the first Native American supermodel ever, just not America’s Next Top Model.” I feel like if Tyra Banks told me something as amazing as that and if she believes in me, then I have no other choice than to believe in myself.
How many days were you actually filming?
We were filming over a couple months.
Did going on ANTM help you in any way?
I enjoyed getting to know a couple of the girls. Me and Ky Ky. Kyle’s my favorite, I love her so much. Me and her are just like little sisters or something, me and Kyle and Seymone are pretty close, andEboni. So I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, getting to be at Universal Studios and getting to meet Kris and Kylie Jenner. I’m glad I did it, but I would not do it again, if that makes sense.
Was the house split between Team UK and Team USA?
Surprisingly no, the British girls had already been on BNTM before and they’ve already had their first go-round at it and they already had sort of an advantage because of that. There’s a couple of the American girls who got along with the British girls a lot more than they did with the American girls. At first, we were all really nice to each other, a lot of us were getting along. I’m a very respectful person, I’m big on respect, so girls that I didn’t like, I just tended to stay away from, but there was definitely a few of them [I liked]. Alisha White is like the funniest girl I’ve ever met in my life.
Who are you rooting for?
It’s between Seymone, Kyle or Candace. If I had to pick one, maybe I would go for Seymone. I love Seymone with my heart. She’s an amazing girl, and she didn’t have any modeling experience prior to the show. So that says a lot.
Catch the next episode of ANTM Cycle 18 tonight, March 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.